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Is it possible to merge all partitions into one?


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#1 wzfoto

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Posted 28 April 2018 - 11:26 PM

On windows 8, what is the process to merge all partitions in the attached photos, into C:, without re-installing/setting up (assume D: only contains data)?

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Posted 28 April 2018 - 11:39 PM

Why do want to merge them , there is no point in doing so.

Everything is as it should be , C:\ - D\ and Recovery Partitions.

 

What are you trying to gain ? Space ? ...you have 75% Free on both partitions C - D.

The 8Gig Recovery partition can be merged to either C or D , but then you would not have a Backup Plan to Factory Reset.



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Posted 29 April 2018 - 07:54 AM

The recovery partitions indicate they are 100% free, so I assume nothing is inside.

 

Yes I would like to have a single partition for easier file organization - I plan to copy a large set of data over in the future.



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Posted 29 April 2018 - 08:48 AM

Those Partitions are a Part of Windows System UEFI and Recovery you cannot remove or Merge them , if you did the PC would not Boot.

As i said before you can Delete the 8Gig Recovery Partiton { OEM } but be 100% sure you dont want it , if you do I would at least Create an Image of your C:\

 

Overall the most you will gain is 9 GIG .....why bother.

 

You said ! - I would like to have a single partition for easier file organization ?

Well within Explorer you would only see the C:\ and D:\  anyway.

 

I have the same Partitioning , C:\  = Operating System  ..... D:\ =  Data.

 

I wouldnt load up the C:\ Drive with excessive Data , but thats up to you , i run mine at 35G out of 80G.

If you want more space on the D:\ Drive , then you can take some from the C:\ Drive.



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Posted 29 April 2018 - 11:46 AM

I m planning to merge C: and D: together, but sounds like it is not possible?



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Posted 30 April 2018 - 05:37 AM

You can Merge C and D , but the D Drive Data would have to be Offloaded to an External Drive first , otherwise you can only take the free space currently on it.

Then you can add the Data back later to the C Drive in your preferred Location.

 

Personally i wouldnt Merge but thats your choice.. , if you only have one Partition { C } Windows and Data , and something becomes corrupt or goes pear shaped , you will ? or could ?  lose everything.

 

My Drive on Laptop / Samsung Evo - 500 SSD.

 

I just have D:\ Drive to store any Data , then i offload it externally / weekly and then clear it.

 

And i keep my C:\ Drive Windows 7 as lean as possible { No Data } just the Operating System , Programs , Updated and = 35Gig , then i take an Image Monthly and that takes about 15 min to do

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The More you have on C:\ Drive ,  the bigger the Backups take to do , eg: 300G - 500G....2-3 hrs. { If you do them }..



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Posted 30 April 2018 - 09:02 AM

The recovery partitions indicate they are 100% free, so I assume nothing is inside...

Just a friendly reminder, those special partitions do not show up within Windows explorer.exe.  Only 3rd party partition/folder/file managers such as Acronis Disk Director to name just one of many utilities will show, albeit most only show it partially, the contents of those non-empty partitions.


Edited by RolandJS, 30 April 2018 - 09:02 AM.

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